When should I use atmospherics?

What sounds should – or should not – be included as captioned atmospherics is largely a creative decision. Bottom line: if the non-dialog sound is relevant to the story it should be captioned. For example, a car back-firing “bang” that causes a war veteran to dive under a restaurant table. That must be captioned, since it’s presumably relevant that the character has some form of PTSD. But the same car back-firing in a restaurant scene where everyone ignores the bang – then it’s a creative decision to include, or not include “sound of car back-firing” or “loud bang.”

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